Karmendriya, Karma-indriya, Karman-indriya, Karmemdriya: 15 definitions


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In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

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Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Karmendriya (कर्मेन्द्रिय).—The five working senses or organs of action: the mouth (with the double function of speaking and eating), the hands, the legs, the genitalia and the rectum.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Karmendriya (कर्मेन्द्रिय) refers to the “organs of action”, according to the Mahānayaprakāśa verse 2.1-35, while explaining the cycles of the goddesses of consciousness.—Accordingly, “[...] Located in this, the meeting place (saṃketasthāna), the rays of consciousness are clearly visible, due to which this Pīṭhakrama is thereby (experienced). Thus (the Pīṭhakrama) ranges from the Sacrifice which is the (aggregate of) the organs of action (karmendriya) up to the Void and the sequence beginning with ‘exertion’ (udyoga) in the body and externally as (the gross elements) beginning with Earth in due order”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Karmendriya (कर्मेन्द्रिय) refers to the “(five) organs of activity”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.5.5 (“The Tripuras are fascinated).—Accordingly, as Arihan said to the Lord of the Three Cities: “O ruler of the Asuras, listen to my statement, pregnant with wisdom. It is the essence of the Vedānta and bears high esoteric importance. [...] The hoarding and amassing of vast wealth is useful only for the propitiation of twelve organs of senses. Of what avail is the propitiation of other things? The twelve organs of senses are the five organs of activity (pañca-karmendriya) and the five organs of knowledge together with the mind and intellect. [...]”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Veda (wikidot): Hinduism

The Five Faculties of Action (Karmendriya):

  1. vak-tattva: speech (voice)
  2. pani-tattva: grasping (hands)
  3. pada-tattva: walking (feet)
  4. payu-tattva: excretion (anus)
  5. upastha-tattva: procreation (genitals)

Speaking, Grasping, Moving About, Excreting and Sexual Activities are the Soul’s Powers of responding to and interacting with, the external World.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 2: the Category of the living

Karmendriya (कर्मेन्द्रिय) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 2.15.—What is the meaning of karmendriya (sense organs used to perform an action)? A sense organ used to perform an action by the empirical soul (saṃsārī) is called karmendriya.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

karmēndriya (कर्मेंद्रिय).—n S An organ of action. Five are reckoned; the hand, the foot, the larynx or organ of the voice, the organ of generation, and that of feculent excretion (pāṇi, pāda, vāk, upastha, vāyu).

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

karmēndriya (कर्मेंद्रिय).—n An organ of action.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Karmendriya (कर्मेन्द्रिय).—an organ of action, as distinguished from ज्ञानेन्द्रिय (jñānendriya); (they are :- vākpāṇipādapāyūpasthāni; Manusmṛti 2.99; see under indriya also) कर्मेन्द्रियाणि संयम्य (karmendriyāṇi saṃyamya) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 3.6,7.

Derivable forms: karmendriyam (कर्मेन्द्रियम्).

Karmendriya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms karman and indriya (इन्द्रिय).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Karmendriya (कर्मेन्द्रिय).—n. an organ of action, e. g. the hand, foot, etc., [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 91.

Karmendriya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms karman and indriya (इन्द्रिय).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Karmendriya (कर्मेन्द्रिय).—[neuter] organ of action ([opposed] buddhīndriya).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Karmendriya (कर्मेन्द्रिय):—[from karma > karman] n. an organ of action (five in number like the five organs of sense, viz. hand, foot, larynx, organ of generation, and excretion), [Mahābhārata; Manu-smṛti ii, 91; Vedāntasāra 91, etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Karmendriya (कर्मेन्द्रिय):—[karme+ndriya] (yaṃ) 1. n. Organ or member of action, as the hand, &c.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Kannada-English dictionary

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Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Karmēṃdriya (ಕರ್ಮೇಂದ್ರಿಯ):—[noun] any of the five organs of action (the hand, leg, tongue, genital organ, anus) of human being.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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